The first hour and a half of page 221 was spent finishing the drive home from our Upper Peninsula trip and after a little unwinding, it was finally time to sleep. Susan was going to need to sleep this morning, so I also slept in a little bit and did an afternoon and evening workday. While Susan was sleeping, I started my way through the photos from our getaway. I’ve not made it through all of them yet, but based on what I’ve gone through of them, we packed a lot into a few days — my truck computer says we traveled almost 1400 miles with a little over 26 hours of drive time in the three days we were gone. We were on “roads” that we were doing good to travel at 5 miles per hour and roads with the speed limit of 75 miles an hour — each one had its purpose and added to the amazing trip. Today’s photo is one from yesterday as the clouds began to gather over one of the lighthouses we visited. It made me think of the need for a place of safety and refuge when the storms of life approach. God has not only called His Son, Jesus, the light of the world, He also says we are to be the light of the world! How much greater would our church families and communities be if each one of us was a visible beacon of hope and safety to those who find themselves in the midst of a storm?
I thought I would mow this afternoon when I got to work, but I got caught up in messages, maintenance research, and office tasks that kept me busy all afternoon. All of the tasks seemed to involve things I was ordering or scheduling for later, so progress was made even though it didn’t feel like anything was completed. By early evening, I went to get something to eat before finishing up my workday with the cleaning and prep so the building is ready for the start of school tomorrow.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Some days spill over into the next before they’re done — those often have some of the best memories.
- Sacrificing some sleep for the purpose of making family memories is worth it.
- I’m thankful to have flexibility in the day in regard to what block of hours my workday entails.
- Having an abundance of time to see the beauty of creation that God has surrounded us with is nice, but it is also possible to take in some if it within a limited amount of time.
- We didn’t see everything there was to see, nor everything we would have liked to, but we saw a lot more than we would have if we had decided we didn’t have enough time to even try.
- Jesus is my lighthouse and refuge in times of trouble and in times of peace.
- God wants me to reflect His light to others in their times of trouble and peace as well.
- It is nice to have plans, but it is also good to recognize when things need done that are more important than our plans.